Bayshore Vinyl Compounds has acquired the EcoVinyl line of post-consumer PVC compounds from Occidental Chemical Corp. Bayshore also recently expanded its Tennent, N.J., facility. Bayshore had done toll compounding through its Ricicla Division for OxyChem's PVC recycling, said Bayshore President Barry Axelrod.
OxyChem developed the business in response to complaints about PVC's low recycling rates. The company worked with recyclers nationwide to collect, ship, clean and grind PVC bottles. OxyChem then had the post-consumer PVC compounded and blended with virgin resin. How-ever, Axelrod said the business was not profitable for a large company like OxyChem, which lost money on the venture.
``OxyChem wanted a company with the capability and the desire to carry on. They didn't want to see it fail; they just didn't want to keep doing it,'' Axelrod said.
Bayshore bought EcoVinyl for a dollar June 1, but had invested more than $3 million in equipment in preparing to take over.
``The vendors OxyChem had before are now our vendors,'' Axelrod said.
Bayshore has 11 full-time employees in EcoVinyl. The company continues much as it did under OxyChem, he said. Its feedstock consists of rigid PVC collected from curbside programs around the country. After virgin material is added, EcoVinyl contains more than 25 percent post-consumer PVC, Axelrod said.
``Greenpeace said it couldn't be done, but we make a clear, reprocessed, bottle-grade compound,'' he said.
Axelrod is concerned about consumers and companies relaxing in their commitment to recycle and buy recycled products.
``Greenpeace would like to see [Bayshore] fail. If [the industry doesn't] keep recycling, we'll wind up with problems again,'' he said. ``To me, lightweight bottles are not the answer. They are the same volume and they are still being put into dumps.
``It's time for the plastics industry to police itself, instead of Greenpeace telling us what to do. It's our obligation to recycle, it's good for the industry and we should be pushing the issue with legislators.''
This year, Bayshore expects to produce about 13 million pounds of EcoVinyl.
Bayshore also recently completed a 40,000-square-foot addition, giving the company 85,000 square feet. The $3 million project also saw the addition of three compounding lines and 10 employees.
``Four years ago, we had two compounding lines and now we have seven,'' Axelrod said.
Bayshore has 40 employees and plans to add 25,000 square feet to the plant next spring. Last year it was named New Jersey Business of the Year.